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Disadvantaged Phoenix Students First To Receive Green Schoolhouses From The Green Schoolhouse Series

Inaugural Schoolhouses Designed to be the First LEED®-Platinum Schoolhouses Built Entirely by Volunteers

Bringing together an entire community, school districts, corporations and volunteers, The Green Schoolhouse Series (GSHS) in collaboration with CAUSE AND EFFECT Evolutions, will replace uninspired, outdated portables at two K-12 Phoenix schools with sustainable, Green Schoolhouses. Construction will get underway on the inaugural Green Schoolhouse at Roadrunner Elementary School in Fall 2011; followed by the build of the second Green Schoolhouse at Orangewood School in Winter 2011.

“The Green Schoolhouses will be built using donated top-of-the-line, green, sustainable products and state-of-the-art technologies,” explained Marshall Zotara, Founding Partner of CAUSE AND EFFECT Evolutions. “Not only will the students benefit from learning in a healthier classroom setting, the Green Schoolhouses will also serve as integral, hands-on teaching tools.”

The inaugural Green Schoolhouse sites were carefully selected by GSHS Leading Partner Brighten A Life; a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on positively impacting the learning environment, living conditions and communities of disadvantaged children and families. Brighten A Life works closely with school districts across the nation to identify schools in which 75 percent or more of the student body meets Title 1 specifications in low income areas. Schools meeting this particular qualification are eligible to apply. Brighten A Life selects the finalists, and ultimately, the chosen future Green Schoolhouse site, based on factors including a track record of or heightened interest in “green” and/or sustainable curriculum; extent of community involvement on campus; and ability to maintain a LEED-certified structure.

“The Green Schoolhouses will benefit the entire community,” said Barbara Carpenter, Founder and CEO of Brighten A Life. “After-hours they will serve as local community meeting spots for after-school programs, community organization meetings as well as informal gatherings.”

The inaugural Green Schoolhouses are designed to be the first ever LEED-Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) schoolhouses in the world built entirely by volunteers. LEED-Platinum is the U.S. Green Building Council’s top certification. Contributing Partners making this leading-edge venture possible include highly recognized corporations such as DeVry University; Kraft Foods, Inc.; Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA); Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Armstrong Commercial Flooring, Armstrong Commercial Ceilings and Walls, Dryvit Systems, architecture and design firm Burt Hill, a Stantec Company; and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Volunteers from these companies and many others, as well as volunteers from throughout the local community, will come together to complete the finishing touches toward the end of the four-month builds.

The Green Schoolhouse Series is a collaboration of corporations, school districts, municipalities, foundations, communities and volunteers to build LEED-Platinum designed, high-performance, environmentally-sustainable multipurpose classrooms and community centers at Title I, low-income public schools. This nationwide initiative is spearheaded by leading Partners Brighten A Life; a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on positively impacting the learning environment, living conditions and communities of disadvantaged children and families, and CAUSE AND EFFECT Evolutions; a business and nonprofit consulting firm that connects corporations with community.

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